Impact

Saving Grace Celebrates Eight Years of Operations

It’s hard to believe it was eight years ago today, Sept. 30, when Saving Grace began operations. At that time, we had one refrigerated truck and driver who picked up excess perishable food from three food donors and delivered it to three food pantries. It’s been gratifying to watch as community support for our mission…

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Saving Grace Meets Needs for More Food Assistance

Mid-year Report (download full report below): Saving Grace has continued to remain flexible to respond to emerging needs for food during the pandemic and to provide leadership for new initiatives addressing food insecurity and food equity. During the first six months of this year, we rescued and redistributed 766,874 pounds of perishable food to feed…

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Education

What Do Food Date Labels Really Mean?

Do food label terms such as “best by,” “sell by,” “best if used by” and “use by” confuse you? If so,  you’re not alone. “Most people really don’t know what those dates mean,” says Anna Curry, registered dietitian and director of culinary and nutrition programming at Whispering Roots. “There’s a lot of misinformation.” This confusion…

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CEO Interview Focuses on Food Rescue and Wasted Food

Saving Grace Perishable Food Rescue is helping raise awareness of wasted food beyond the Omaha area. In November, Beth Ostdiek Smith, CEO and founder, was a keynote presenter at the Sustainable Food Management Summit hosted by Wichita State University’s Environmental Finance Center. She later was interviewed for an article that was posted on Wichita State’s…

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Events

Earth Day Challenge: Submit Photos of Food Donors

Earth Day Omaha and Sarpy County Earth Day have moved to primarily a virtual format for 2021, and Saving Grace is a participant in the Nebraska Earth Day Passport. From April 15 through May 15, participants are being challenged to submit photos featuring one of Saving Grace’s food donors. Photos must be submitted to receive…

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Ways to Support Saving Grace during Do Good Week

While 2020 was the final year for Omaha Gives, Saving Grace is excited about a new opportunity through Share Omaha for our community to learn how we feed hungry bellies, rather than landfills, with excess perishable food. Support Saving Grace during Share Omaha’s Do Good Week April 19 to 24 and multiply the impact of…

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Five Benefits of Being a Food Donor

Have you ever wondered where Saving Grace gets the food it rescues? It’s through partnerships with more than 50 food vendors that donate their surplus fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meats, prepared and packaged meals, grain products and more to feed the hungry. Donors include grocery stores, wholesalers, restaurants, convenience stores, event centers, caterers, schools…

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Impact 2020: Saving Grace Targets Increased Need for Food

If there’s one word that describes our community’s response to food insecurity last year during the pandemic, it is “inspiring.” Saving Grace was privileged to be part of the many conversations and partnerships addressing the increased need for food during these challenging times. In 2020, our work led to 1,347,981 meals being fed to children,…

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